Nonno’s Pizzeria and
223-30 Union Tpke., Oakland Gardens
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays
Credit Card: Yes, all major
When it comes to a good Italian eating experience, the décor and atmosphere are almost as important as the food's quality. Nonno's offers the best of the both worlds, providing delicious and filling Italian favorites along with a relaxing, cozy setting.
Nonno's isn't just an excellent restaurant, but its owner is part of baseball history. Sal Durante, who opened Nonno's in 2001, caught Roger Maris' 61st home run, which broke Babe Ruth's record for the most homers in a single season.
While imagery makes for a great addition, restaurants all come down to the food. Nonno's exceeds all expectations there as well. I went with a dish of veal francese, a choice I knew was the right one as soon as my plate arrived. Coming with not one, but two giant pieces of veal, the dish was absolutely delectable. The side of penne was drenched in the francese sauce, a new favorite combination of mine.
My dining companion, reporter Megan Montalvo, ordered the chicken ala Nonno, one of the restaurant's signature dishes. Drenched with mushroom sauce and coming with a side of broccolini, she enjoyed every bite of the meal, making this special not just a favorite for the eatery, but a personal favorite for her as well.
Even though we were nearly full, we couldn't help but accept an offer to try Nonno's desserts. We received a giant cannoli, freshly made at the restaurant, and a slice of cheesecake with chocolate drizzle. Both treats were full of flavor, making for a satisfying finish to our meal.
When it comes to classical Italian cuisine, Nonno's is the way to go. With a friendly atmosphere, Rat Pack era music and delightful dishes all over the menu, the restaurant should be at the top of your list any time you are looking for food in Oakland Gardens.
- Joe Marvilli